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Fraud email example:
From: "internationa lottery" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2005 09:25:51 +0200
Subject: NOTIFICATION OF LOTTO WINNER (URGENT)
FROM: THE DIRECTOR OF THE PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
REF: NO EG/033-20737-750/25/08/03
RE: AWARD NOTIFICATION FINAL NOTICE.
We are pleased to inform you of the release of 20th January. 2005 of the result of the sweepstake WORLD INTERNET LOTTERY Int.promotion programs. Your name attached to the ticket number 033-20737-750 with serial number 033-05 drew the lucky number 13-15-16-21-34-36 which consequently won lottery in the 2nd category.
You are therefore been approved for a lump sum of US$2.000.000 (TWO MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) in cash credited to the file Nš EG/033-20737-750/05/06/03. This is from the total cash prize of US$34,000,000.00 thirty-four million United states dollars, sharedamong seventeen international winners in this category.
Your fund is secured under a comprehensive insurance policy in your name, which permits nobody or group of persons to subtract from it. Due to mixed up of some numbers and names. We ask that you keep this award top secrete from public notice until your claims has been processed and your money remitted to your norminated account. As this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking of advantage of this program by participants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names, from all over the world as a part of our International promotion program which we conduct twice every year. We hope that, with a part of your prize you will take part in our middle of the year high stake US$1.3bn lottery. To avoid scam, please contact only your assigned agent below.
You won this lottery because you subscribed online. Some names were selected via the net and lottery was played on their behalf to mark world Internet day. This is part of the program to promote Internet in the world. To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent DR.John Ngema. You can also reach him on his TEL.NUMBER:+27-837-544-314 email@example.com processing and remittance of your money to a designated account of your choice.
Remember all prize money must be claimed not later than 6 weeks from the date of this notice after this date all funds will be returned to the ministerio de economia hacienda as unclaimed. Note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your ref. and batch nos. in every correspondence with your agent.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address, do please inform your claims agent as soon as possible. Congratulations again from all members of staff and thank you for being a part of our promotions program.